August 21, 2013

Prosecutors to review release of suspect in Remy murder case

Jared Remy is accused of killing his girlfriend a day after he was freed in a domestic violence case.

The Associated Press

WOBURN, Mass. — Two veteran prosecutors will conduct an independent review of the circumstances surrounding the murder case involving the son of Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy.

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Jared Remy appears at Waltham District Court for his arraignment in this Aug. 16, 2013, photo, in Waltham, Mass. Remy, the son of longtime Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to a charge of murder.

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Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced the review Wednesday in the wake of criticism of her office's handling of an earlier assault case involving Remy and the slaying victim.

Jared Remy is accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel, 27, in their Waltham home on Aug. 15. He has pleaded not guilty.

Two days earlier, authorities had arrested Remy and accused him of pushing Martel into a mirror, which resulted in him being charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. On Aug. 14, he was released on personal recognizance in that case.

Ryan's office has defended its decision not to seek to have Remy held on bail in the assault case, saying Martel had chosen not to pursue a restraining order against him. Remy has a violent criminal history, including 15 charges since 1998, according to Waltham court records.

Former Essex District Attorney Kevin Burke and Norfolk County First Assistant District Attorney Jeanmarie Carroll will conduct the review.

Ryan said the review will determine whether her office's policies and procedures were followed and whether they adequately address release issues in other domestic violence cases.

"The death of Jennifer Martel is a horrific tragedy, and it would be irresponsible for our office not to re-examine what happened," Ryan said.

Burke was Essex District Attorney from 1979 to 2003 and later was the state's secretary of public safety. Carroll, who has worked in the Norfolk County district attorney's office for 25 years, has led training programs for police, prosecutors and service providers in the domestic violence field.

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